Rebecca Butler

Rebecca Butler


School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division English English, Culture and Media


Dr Butler lectures on Romantic Revolutions (Level 2), Travel Writing (Level 3), Gothic Rebels & Reactionaries (Level 3) and The Anthology module (Level 2). She also contributes to the MRes in English Research and is a seminar tutor in Foundations of Literature (Level 1). Dr Butler co-supervises students at both undergraduate and Masters’ level.

Career overview

  • Lecturer in English, NTU (2017---)
  • Research Assistant in Travel Writing Studies, NTU (2016-17)
  • PhD English Literature, Bangor University (2012-16)
  • Graduate Tutor in English Literature, Bangor University (2013-15)
  • MSt English Studies (1800-1914), University of Oxford (2010-11)
  • BA Hons. English Lit & Psychology, Trinity College Dublin (2004-08)

Research areas

A member of the Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS), Dr Butler undertakes research in Romantic and Victorian women’s travel writing, with an emphasis on print culture.

Her research interests include:

  • The Romantics and Victorians in Italy
  • Women writing revolution/ women’s political travel writing
  • Travel writing in nineteenth-century periodicals
  • Early nineteenth-century guidebooks
  • Nineteenth-century expatriate literary networks
  • Travelling readers and subscription libraries

Current Projects

Dr Butler is currently preparing a monograph, based on her doctoral research, that examines the relationship between gender, national identity, political advocacy and literary authority in Victorian women’s travel accounts of Risorgimento Italy. The study considers travel writing in various forms including the manuscript letter and periodical serials.

With Dr Maureen McCue (Bangor University) and Dr Anne-Marie Millim (Université du Luxembourg), Dr Butler is co-editing the 2018 Yearbook of English Studies on ‘Literature in the Reign of King William IV (1830-1837)’, to which she is contributing an article on guidebook culture in the 1830s.

Shorter projects in progress include an article on Frances Minto Elliot’s periodical travel writing series in The New Monthly Magazine and Art Journal.

External activity

  • Newsletter Editor of Snapshot Traveller for the International Society for Travel Writing (ISTW) (2016---).
  • Founding Editor (2013—2014) of and Referee (2017---) for The Dovetail postgraduate journal.
  • Coordinator of Theatre of Thoughts, critical reading group, Bangor University (2012-2014).

Sponsors and collaborators

  • With Prof Tim Youngs, Dr Butler recently secured £1000 NCCPE funding in collaboration with Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Coventry Transport Museum, National Tramway Museum and University of Portsmouth, as part of the from the Museum University Partnership Initiative (MUPI).
  • Prof Youngs and Dr Butler also recently secured £260.60 MUPI seedcorn funding to collaborate with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.